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Japan pledges long-term support for Ukraine in conflict with Russia.

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Japan's Foreign Minister, Kamikawa Yoko, has committed to long-term support for Ukraine, relying on private sector involvement nearly two years after Russia's invasion commenced.
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Japan has adopted a comprehensive approach to support Ukraine amid its ongoing conflict, emphasizing both financial aid and humanitarian assistance. (Picture source: Army Recognition)

In a conversation with NHK before the Japan-Ukraine Conference for the Promotion of Economic Growth and Reconstruction scheduled for Monday in Tokyo, Kamikawa detailed collaborative efforts.

The conference will be attended by Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, along with representatives from about 130 companies from both countries. Discussions will focus on bilateral cooperation in seven sectors, including agriculture and infrastructure.

Kamikawa emphasized the crucial role of the private sector in Ukraine's restoration and reconstruction efforts, committing to a prolonged endeavor to rebuild the nation and improve the well-being of its citizens. She assured that Japan's commitment would span various areas.

Furthermore, Kamikawa highlighted the integration of the "Women, Peace, and Security" (WPS) initiative into reconstruction efforts, advocating for women's participation in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. She affirmed Japan's support for all Ukrainians, including women and children.

Addressing concerns about Japan's travel bans covering all of Ukraine, Kamikawa acknowledged the challenges faced by companies unable to conduct business without visiting Ukraine. She stated that while the safety of Japanese nationals is paramount, efforts are being made to support business ventures and to reassess the travel restrictions.

Japan has adopted a comprehensive approach to support Ukraine amid its ongoing conflict, emphasizing both financial aid and humanitarian assistance. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Japan has pledged significant resources to aid Ukraine's recovery and support its population. This includes a significant financial commitment of $5.5 billion announced by Kishida, aimed at addressing the war's destruction and assisting those whose livelihoods have been devastated. This pledge is part of Japan's broader commitment as the 2023 Group of Seven (G7) president to uphold the international order and support Ukraine in its resistance against aggression.

Additionally, Japan has taken practical measures to assist Ukrainian refugees and evacuees. The Japanese government has facilitated the entry and accommodation of over 2,200 evacuees, providing comprehensive support from immigration assistance to housing, medical care, and language education. This effort extends to the local level, with Hiroshima Prefecture, for example, offering housing and creating programs to support the integration of evacuees into Japanese society.

Japan's support is not limited to financial and refugee assistance. It has also doubled its fiscal aid to Ukraine to $600 million in coordination with the World Bank, aiming to address the country's immediate fiscal needs due to the conflict. Moreover, Japan has taken a firm stance against Russia by implementing sanctions and contributing to global efforts to maintain peace and security.

An announcement is expected at the conference regarding plans to relax some travel restrictions for certain individuals, including corporate staff, so the situation remains to be followed closely.


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